New Rules for Cyclists; Sneaker Wave Warning Extended; KMTR Off-Air; Coos Bay Man Killed; Christmas Tree Pick-up

New Rules for Cyclists

Florence drivers will have to pay closer attention to cyclists as a new law goes into effect on Wednesday.  Cyclist in the past have been regulated by the same laws as motor vehicles when it comes to intersections, but beginning January 1st cyclists will no longer have to come to a complete stop at stop signs.  Cyclists will still be required to yield when approaching a stop sign, but can now carry their momentum through if traffic allows.  Senate Bill 998 was passed in June of this year.

Sneaker Wave Warning Extended

The National Weather Service has extended their warning along the Oregon coast for the possibility of sneaker waves.  They warn to keep children and pet away from the surf zone with a reminder that even a safe distance can still pose problems at higher tides.  Large logs and other debris can often be contained within the surf.  The warning extends through tomorrow afternoon.

KMTR Off-Air

If you get your television via a digital antenna, you may have noticed that the NBC affiliate in Springfield has been missing the past several days.  Coast Radio has reached out to KMTR for information on their translator status here on the coast, but the only response received was a notice from the station’s chief engineer, Nate Wheeler stating that he is on vacation.

Coos Bay Man Killed

A 74 year old Coos Bay man was struck and killed on highway 101 just south of Coos Bay on Saturday.  According to the Oregon State Police Daniel Flowers was struck by a Ford Focus driven by a 27 year old Myrtle Point man.  The accident occurred just after midnight near milepost 241.  No initial charges have been filed against the driver pending further investigation.  Flowers died at the scene.

Christmas Tree Pick-up

If you missed the Saturday pick up for Christmas trees, the Siuslaw Valley Fire and rescue will be doing one more collection this Saturday.  You can call SVFR at 541-997-3212 to schedule a pick up.  A $5 donation is requested and all money raised will go to two scholarships for graduating seniors as well as the Firefighters annual awards banquet, summer picnic and Christmas party.  SVFR asks that you remove all decorations from the trees prior to leaving them for collection.